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Cleaning and Storage of Paint Brushes & Rollers

There is nothing more satisfying than the end result of your DIY perfectly painted job in your home. The perfect and smooth paint job depends on various factors such as the type of paint used primer and obviously the brush or roller. If your paint brush or roller is crusty or old, it will not give the professional finish. While we maintain that all the major jobs should be undertaken by professionals like GT Painters in Sydney, we also understand what fun and joy a small DIY paint project can bring to a family or a group of friends.

GT Painters Sydney has gathered some tips to help you on the way. In today’s post, we will focus on how to properly clean and store all your paint brushes and rollers so you do not have to buy a new one for your next project.

1. Cleaning

Remove Paint
Before your brush or roller dries, make sure you remove any excess paint from it to ensure easier cleanup later. This will improve the life of your brushes. You can remove the excess paint by running the bristles along the paint can lip or wipe on an old newspaper. Never soak brushes in water because this will harm its bristles.
Water-Based Paint
Water-based paints are the easiest to clean. To clean off water-based paint, rinse the brushes with warm soapy water in a sink or container that you do not mind staining. Make sure you wear rubber gloves to avoid staining your hands.
Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint requires a special solvent like mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to clean the brushes. Wear rubber gloves and then dip the brush into the solvent and rub the bristles with your hand until you get all the paint off.

2. Rinsing

Give the brush or roller a good rinse under water once it is completely free of paint and the solvent or soapy water. Reshape the bristles so the brush dries to its original shape.

3. Drying

To dry the brush or roller you need to shake it to remove as much water as possible. Then, squeeze out the excess water using a dry cloth or old towel.

4. Storage

The brushes should be stored vertically so their bristles are always pointed upwards to avoid curling. However, rollers should be stored in a plastic bag after they are fully dried to avoid dust particles and lint getting attracted to the roller.

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